Many burglaries can be prevented. They are often spur of the moment, where a burglar may see an open window or other easy point of entry and takes a chance. 

Handy tips 

  • When you go out, even for short time, lock the door and close the windows. 

  • Never leave a spare key in a hiding place. 

  • Remove keys from locked windows. 

  • Burglar alarms and carefully directed security lighting can put burglars off. 

  • Keep all valuables out of sight. 

  • Use timer switches for lights and radios if you are away from home for long periods. 

  • Be aware of strangers hanging around in residential streets. If you see anyone acting suspiciously, contact the police. 

  • Garages and garden sheds can be full of expensive tools, which are ideal for breaking into the rest of the house, so never leave them unlocked. 

  • Lock ladders inside your garage or shed to stop a thief using them to reach upstairs windows.